Just days before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is set to hold a hearing on how to regulate CBD, another government agency — the Transportation Security Administration — announced CBD is off their radar in terms of what you can and cannot take through airport security.
The TSA updated the “What Can I Bring” section of it’s website over the Memorial Day weekend, giving a yellow “yes” check to Medical Marijuana.
Within the “Special Instructions” associated with bringing substances on flights, however, there are a few caveats to remain aware of.
The instructions read “Possession of marijuana and certain cannabis infused products, including some Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, remain illegal under federal law,” which means you can still be turned into local authorities for attempting to bring weed on a plane.
And while the TSA has always maintained a lofty amount of discretion when deciding whether or not to turn someone in, the site still reads that TSA officers are required to report any suspected violations of law, including possession of marijuana and certain cannabis infused products.”
The changes effectively give patients the greenlight to carry “Products/medications that contain hemp-derived CBD or are approved by the FDA are legal as long as it is produced within the regulations defined by the law under the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018.”
With products like Charlotte’s Web, now being carried in drug stores and cannabis prescription drugs approved by the FDA such as Epidiolex. TSA further explains their focus is on “ security and … potential threats to aviation and passengers,” and not drugs.
Perhaps the most useful portion of the new TSA guidelines on traveling with cannabis is what might happen of you get caught trying to travel with weed: “Accordingly, TSA security officers do not search for marijuana or other illegal drugs, but if any illegal substance is discovered during security screening, TSA will refer the matter to a law enforcement officer.